Symbolism In Good Country People

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It is a very known fact the we as people are completely divided on the topic that there are good in the bad and bad in the good. In the short story “Good Country People” Flannery O’Connor, she illustrates that while some may be cold hearted and mean they still have some good and vulnerability within. She also uses the names of the characters as a sort of symbolism for readers to understand them even more. In the story Good Country People, O’Conner introduces readers to Mrs. Hopewell. She is the mother to Joy who later changes her name to Hulga. Mrs. Hopewell is a hard working southern mom who is extremely optimistic in life. One thing she says a lot is “Nothing is perfect”. With this quote it defines her name, she always looks for the good …show more content…
This is Mrs. Hopewell’s daughter; she was born with the name Joy, but legally changed her name to Hulga. She has a wooden leg because she was shot during a hunting accident. She also suffers from a heart condition and the doctor told her that she probably has ten more years to live. She is also an atheist. I believe she changed her name to Hulga because that is the ugliest name she thought of. She feels ugly and that is why she is so mean. Some may say she believes she knows more than others because she is well educated, but this know it all mentality goes back to her vulnerability. Her mother, Mrs. Hopewell was speaking on Joy-Hulga when she said “People who looked on the bright side of things would be beautiful even if they are not.” She said this because of her daughters’ …show more content…
When we first met Hulga-Joy she was just horrible, she was a know it all who no one can talk to. She used her higher education as a clutch. She thought no one could ever know as much as her or even half of what she knows. Then when she met Manley all that went out the door, she tried to still act hard but it didn’t last for too long when he started telling her sweet nothings she became weak and started showing her vulnerable side. This is the good in the bad, no matter how tough or cold hearted you think you are there is someone or something that can counteract that, they come and change your world, they make you see the world in a different light. Then you have Manley on the other hand to everyone else he’s a devout Christian, a country boy, one of the good country people. He walks around with numerous bibles preaching the word, but in one of the bibles he has liquor and all other things but no one knows that but Hulga. “He must have been selling them to the Negroes back in there. He was so simple…but I guess the world would be better off if we were all that simple.” This is when readers can tell he has everyone fooled. Mrs. Hopewell still believe that he is some wholesome boy. But in all actuality he’s worse than everyone else. Manley proves he’s smarter than Hulga because he made her believe that he was a good man when he really is more of

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